Jane Kaye

Director of the Centre for Law, Health and Emerging Technologies at Oxford: HeLEX

Other affiliations

St Cross College


Prof. Jane Kaye DPhil, LLB, Grad Dip Leg, BA is the Director of the Centre for Law, Health and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and also leads a research team with Associate Professor Mark Taylor, at the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia.  Her teams consist of lawyers and sociologists who use mixed-method empirical approaches combined with legal analysis to explore the relationships between law, governance and best practice in the area of health. She obtained her degrees from the Australian National University (BA); University of Melbourne (LLB); and University of Oxford (DPhil). She was admitted to practice as a solicitor/barrister in 1997.  Within the Oxford Faculty of Law she co-leads the Health, Law and Technology Research Group with Professor Justine Pila and also holds Associate Professorships at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania and at the Bioethics Centre, led by Professor Kazuto Kato at the Osaka Medical School, Japan.

Professor Kaye is on a number of international expert committees and scientific advisory boards and has been on the  Nuffield Council Bioethics Working Group on Biodata and Rapporteur for the EC Expert Report,  Biobanks for Europe - A Challenge for Governance, June 2012. Most recently she was on the UN Taskforce on Health Data Privacy, appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European biobanking platform BBMRI-ERIC, and is on the WP8 Advisory Group of the Joint European Action TEHDAS ‘Towards a European Health Data Space’. She is also on the editorial boards of Genomic Medicine, Law, Innovation and Technology, the Journal of Law, Information and Science, New Genetics & Society and Life Sciences, Society and Policy.  The main focus of her research is on digital innovation with an emphasis on digital privacy and dynamic consent, public involvement and engagement in research, biobanks, genomics, data-sharing frameworks, global governance and translational research. She is very interested in supervising students who would like to focus on these areas or any other area of innovation in health.